Now, as I sink in sleep, My heart is cut down, Nothing—poetry nor love— Achieving. * Turns again in my room, The crippled leopard. Paw-pad, configured Yellow light of his eyes, Pass, repass, repass. Quiet, my hand; he is tame. Soon, while I dream, will step And stir the sunken dawn. 2 Before I woke there entered in A woman with a golden skin That tangled with the light. A tang of orchards climbed the stair And dwindled in the waxen air, Crisping the midnight, And the white pillows of my bed On apple-tasted darkness fed. Weakened with appetite Sleep broke like a dish wherein A woman lay with golden skin.
Copyright © 2010 by Thomas Kinsella. Reprinted fromSelected Poems with the permission of Wake Forest University Press.